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County announces Explore Volusia programs

Posted On: March 14th

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in April. Environmental specialists will lead guided hikes, eco-buggy tours and bike-abouts. 

Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

  • Callalisa Creek paddle: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4. Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves. Participants will navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals, and look for birds. Bring a life preserver, whistle, and a kayak or canoe. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
  • Maynard May Park paddle and explore: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 7. Paddle across the channel at Maynard May Park to explore a local island. Participants will seine net and hike to discover the wonders of the estuary. Bring a life preserver; whistle; closed-toe water shoes; and a stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak. Meet at 413 S Riverside Drive, Edgewater.
  • Green Springs bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11. Ride the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back. All ages and abilities are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.
  • Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12. Compare habitat characteristics on this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.
  • Eco-buggy tour of Wiregrass Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18. Take a ride through the 1,400-acre preserve, which is almost entirely in the St. Johns River valley. Explore upland and wetland natural communities, including wet flatwoods, cypress domes and wet prairies. Learn about land management practices while riding through the diverse ecotones of the land. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen. Do not use a GPS to find the location. 
  • Guided hike of Palm Bluff: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 21. Hike through the Palm Bluff Conservation Area and explore distinct natural plant communities. The group may see a variety of birds, including bluebirds, brown-headed nuthatches, turkeys, wading birds and raptors. Meet in Samsula at the parking area on the east side County Road 415, 9.5 miles south of State Road 44 and 1.9 miles north of Howland Boulevard. 
  • St. Johns River Cleanup: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Volunteers are needed to remove trash and debris from several sites along the river. Participants should bring water and wear sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and comfortable clothing. They may also bring rakes, shovels, trash grabbers, and canoes or boats. To register, visit www.volusia.org/cleanup.
  • Edgewater bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26. Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road to Rotary Park and back. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live within them. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at the parking lot on Cow Creek Road one-quarter mile south of State Road 442. Cow Creek Road is one-quarter mile east of I-95.
  • Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 28. Take a riding tour of this 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land to learn about important plant communities. Participants may see Volusia County’s endemic paw paw in bloom, carnivorous plants and Sherman’s fox squirrels. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.
  • “Bee informed” at Deep Creek Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29. Learn the basics of beekeeping from local Master Beekeeper Marlin Athearn. He will explain the importance of bees; offer tips for setting up your own apiary; and discuss equipment, pollination, habitats and common issues that may arise. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the county’s diverse natural habitats and land management practices. 

Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.